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Thompson: A Scrappy Game

5 October 2013

Tommo Gives His Thoughts On Charlton Draw

Steve Thompson says Blackpool just couldn't find that bit of magic in a 'scrappy' game against Charlton Athletic. 

Few chances presented themselves in 90 minutes, leaving both sides to settle for a stalemate at The Valley. 

"There was a lot of huff and puff and not a lot of quality in the final third," Thompson admitted. "We tried to get it to the wide positions and get crosses in and we were just looking for that little bit of magic around the 18-yard box. It was just two teams that cancelled each other out. The first goal was always going to be important and that was something that we were striving for. It just didn't land kindly enough for us today. 

"Chances were very few and far between, it was a scrappy game and I think it needed a goal to liven it up."

The Seasiders now head into the international break looking to get everybody at the same level of fitness and sharpness, prior to a return to action against Wigan Athletic on Saturday 19 October.  

"Ideally, you want to go into it with a good result and the positive we've got is the clean sheet. The break now will give us an opportunity to get the lads up to speed, the ones who are not in the team at the minute. We're trying to get a game this week, if not we'll give them a mini pre-season. Fingers crossed the lads on international duty come back injury-free."

One player who will utilise the time wisely is new recruit Dan Gosling, who made a late appearance in this afternoon's game.  

"He's come with a fantastic reputation and we'll try and get him going this week with how we play. He's a great addition to the squad and he adds competition for places," Thompson added. 

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